If you love to travel abroad or if your work necessitates moving to different countries, such as those in the aviation, Foreign Service, international construction, and full truckload shipping industries, you have to be a survivalist or at least learn how to be one.
Earthquakes. Typhoons. Tsunamis. Rogue waves. Flooding. Terrorism. These doomsday scenarios can happen anywhere across the globe. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen how natural disasters and terrorist acts ravaged several countries. Travelers and migrant workers have been caught by surprise with these sudden unfortunate events. Sadly, many expatriates don’t know what do in case of these emergencies.
Do you know what to do if you find yourself in the middle of an apocalyptic scenario in some remote country?
Preparation is crucial
For those travelling, living or working abroad, preparing for possible catastrophe should always be among your priorities. Among the things you can do include:
- Bringing important contact numbers: the embassy, your travel agent, employer, travel insurance provider, relatives, and others whom you can alert in case of emergency.
- Carrying signed, valid passport and, if required, a visa.
- An identification card that bears emergency information.
- Leave copies of your passport, visa and itinerary to family or friends.
- Know the coverage of your travel and health insurance.
- Be familiar with the local emergency response of the country you’re in. Including local emergency hotlines.
Doing these puts you in the best possible position should disaster strike. It is highly recommended that frequent travelers abroad have an emergency kit or pack that contains all these basic necessities as well as some first aid supplies. It would also help to have some background in survival skills.
After the catastrophe strikes, the next goal is for your safe and immediate extrication and repatriation. The embassy will coordinate with local authorities to account for all their citizens.
Staying safe post disaster
- Stay in your hotel or workplace if it is safe. If it isn’t safe, bring your emergency bag and move to a place of safety.
- If you’re out on the street, find a safe refuge, away from immediate danger.
- Contact your local embassy. They will help you get back home.
- In case the embassy is similarly ravaged, coordinate with the Red Cross or local authorities for instructions on what to do.
Also take note of these basic post-disaster tips:
- In case of a blackout, use flashlight for lighting rather than those that could cause fire.
- Know the routes that may be blocked or cordoned off by authorities without prior notice.
- Be aware of designated emergency assembly areas.
- If possible, reconfirm availability of your flight before heading to the airport.
Lastly, you might find some time to study and learn basic survival skills. First aid skills, fire starting, sending distress signal, finding water, building an emergency shelter, cooking, hunting, etc. are some survival skills that can help you after a disaster strikes abroad. Doomsday scenarios can happen anytime, anywhere and the only thing you can do is to prepare for it!